Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites

I love dates. And all the things you do can do with them. I never got to experiment with them because I usually would go through a pack of dates in an instant. I took two every time I passed by the jar. Then at the end of the day I thought ” what happened? I only ate like five.” Yeah, five times four.

But I have improved. Or at least that’s what I’m going to tell you.

Some winning combinations will always be:

avocado and bread

me and puppies

Sherlock and Dr. Watson (or I’ll just say anything plus David Cucumberbatch)

chocolate and coconut

In this case, chocolate and coconut is combined to make a chewy, sweet snack. You could add dried cherries to give it more of that “romantic, I bought the cheapest bottle of champagne but you don’t know that” vibe or leave off the coconut and add peanut butter because, well, why not.

The first time I ate dates I ate medjool dates. They were so soft and plump and oh so sweet. Then I remember looking at the serving size after eating eight and seeing that the serving size was two. It was natural sugar and it’s good for you, but that didn’t stop me from freaking out. Now I buy Mariana dates (in bulk at BJs wholesale), which the serving size is six. Those are the ones I used in this recipe. Feel free to use any type of dates.

Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites

makes about a dozen 1 inch wide balls (if you manage not to eat half the batter while you make it)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of dates
  • 1/2 cup of almonds (walnuts should work as well, fell free to do a combination)
  • 2 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1-2 tbsp of water to help out your food processor
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup or more of shredded coconut for rolling
  • optional: 1/4 cup dried cherries or 1-2 tbsp peanut butter

Instructions:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor besides the shredded coconut. Start of with only 1 tbsp of water and add more later if needed. (Depending on how powerful your food processor is, you may want to process the almonds first and then add everything else.)
  2. Once the mixture is processed into a smooth mixture that can be rolled into balls, incorporate the chocolate chips.
  3. Roll the mixture into balls and roll into the coconut.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to… I dunoo. I ate them within two days. I’ll just say four days. I like that number.

Happy snacking!